Texas state trooper shot and killed on Thanksgiving, suspect captured by ‘heartbroken’ Dallas police

Police captured a man suspected of murdering a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper on Thanksgiving.

The fatal shooting occurred when Trooper Damon Allen, 41, made a traffic stop in Interstate-45 in Freestone County, CNN reported.

Trooper Allen approached the car and then returned to his cruiser. That’s when the suspect, Darbrett Black, allegedly used a rifle to fire several shots, killing the officer.

“Suspect in today’s fatal TXDPS trooper shooting in Freestone County has been captured in Waller County near Prairie View,” a statement by the Navarro County Office of Emergency Management said. “Excellent operation by numerous agencies to take this suspect into custody with no additional casualties.”

Two hours before Black was captured he was involved in a gunfire exchange with a deputy in Waller County, according to CNN.

Thoughts, prayers and condolences were shared by many for the father of three.

“Sad on Thanksgiving to lose one of our state troopers in the line of duty. Prayers for his family. Swift justice for his killer,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott wrote on Twitter.

“With heavy hearts on this Thanksgiving, Cecilia and I express our most sincere condolences to the family, colleagues and friends of the trooper who was callously killed today in the line of duty. As law enforcement continues to search for the individual responsible for this heinous crime, I ask that all of Texas keep this trooper and his brothers and sisters in blue in their thoughts and prayers.

“The killer will face justice, and the State of Texas will continue to offer our unwavering support for the men and women in law enforcement who keep our communities safe,” Gov. Greg Abbott said in another statement given to the media.

Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz also offered his prayers.

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